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Feb 12, 2013 5:00am PST
as the sequester. so ironically, if the president is going to discuss job creation, the pentagon is planning to cut 800,000 civilian worker hours by 20% and homeland security is about to slash a quarter of its total border agents. so really opposing ideas being introduced at the same time. >> is it possible the sequester won't happen? >> reporter: the president has been talking about the negative impact of this sequester and economists agree. they say these cuts will shave a .5% from growth thisser y that's significant. we are only growing by 2 to 2.5% but this is a hard part about debt reduction. figuring out how to dig out of the hole which would come at the expense of growth. >> how does the public weigh in on how to do that? >> reporter: we want it all not surprisingly. in a recent poll people say strengthening the economy and improving the jobs situation should be the top priority for the white house and congress. right? that was the same as four years ago. but reducing the budget deficit is moved up significantly on the public agenda. if you look at
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